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Leadership Marion County

Mission Statement

leadership_marion.jpgLeadership Marion County seeks to unite the communities of Marion County as it identifies future leaders, examines issues, enhances the network of present and potential leaders, and encourages responsible service at the local and county levels.

Leadership Marion County is a project of the Marion County Economic Development Council. A Board of Trustees directs the program, providing guidance on such matters as curriculum, programs, speakers and potential participants.

The Program

Leadership Marion County is aimed at developing a pool of well informed and well motivated men and women, qualified to assume present and future leadership roles in Marion County.


"Leadership Marion County" is a program designed to seek out future leaders in Marion County and help prepare them for positions of public decision making.

The purpose of Leadership Marion County is to establish a network of present and potential leaders and to give up- coming leaders an opportunity for growth and experience with the guidance and assistance of those who presently hold positions of leadership.


Any Marion County resident may apply for the program. The Board of Trustees selects individuals from all areas of the county to participate. Failure to be selected in no way indicates the nominee is not satisfactory. Nominees who are not selected are encouraged to apply again.

2011 Leadership Classes

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” —Ben Sweetland

Servant Leadership has been the core of the curriculum in this year’s class. Servant-Leadership is a practical philosophy which supports people who choose to serve first, and then lead as a way of expanding service to individu- als and institutions. Servant-leaders may or may not hold formal leadership positions. Servant-leadership encourages collaboration, trust, foresight, listening, and the ethical use of power and empowerment.

“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life–happiness, freedom and peace of mind–are always attained by giving them to someone else.”
—Peyton Conway March

Thoughts on Leadership

“A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.”

—Henrik Ibsen

“Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say “I.” And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say “I.” They don’t think “I.” They think “we”; they think “team.” They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit.... This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.”

—Peter Drucker

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” —Kenneth Blanchard

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

—Albert Schweitzer

“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.”

—Marian Wright Edelman

Leadership Marion County
230 E. Main
Marion, KS 66861

2011 Leadership Marion County Board Of Trustees

  • Cheri Bentz
  • Joel Soo Hoo
  • Kristi Darnall
  • Patty Decker

2011 Members Leadership Marion County

  • Mike Norris Marion
  • Barbara Smith Marion
  • Jerry Ewing Marion
  • Holly Pereillo Florence
  • Bryon Sorensen Hillsboro
21st Century Leaders Are . . .
  • Servant Leaders
  • Serve out of Personal Mission
  • Develop People
  • Develop Performing Communities
  • Are Inclusive
  • Foster and Support Creativity
  • Use Consensus
  • Build Collaborations
  • Move Groups Through Chaos
  • Lead to a Shared Vision
  • Facilitate from the Chair
  • Are Change Agents